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The King's Speech

A movie directed by Tom Hooper

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  • May 2, 2011
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The King's Speech, a man at battle with himself a very unlikable man at that. Perhaps sympathy for one of the luckiest men to walk our mortal Earth is at times absent, yet The King's Speech manages to humanise one of closest things to a living God. Yes, you either love, or hate the reigning powers of the British Royals, but how satisfying it is to see one of us mere mortals (an Australian one at that) stand before him and say 'no'. The King's Speech is a surprisingly different movie, based upon the cloudy genre of aristocrats and the royal family; usually the genre consists of soft-core pornography and the misplacement of their aphrodisiacs. Yet we are served with great story telling of a true story, Oscar-worthy performances and quite interesting sets to keep interest in the commonly bland background. Despite being MORE historically accurate, and having the best leading performance of the year, the results for best picture at the academy awards remains a mystery.

The plot is a simple one indeed. The King dies, so of course, David (Guy Pearce, strange casting that works surprisingly well) is to take the crown, but he decides to run-off with a twice-divorced woman, which is a big red flag in the Royal family. Therefore,George (Colin Firth) is to be crowned king. Worth celebrating one of the best titles, you can achieve. Well actually, this is harrowing for George as he has a horrible stuttering problem. Public speeches, patriotic rallies and defiant roars against Hitler (although he was pro-Hitler) are all a part of the job, which he cannot do. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Carter) talks to a non-royal speech therapist as the others failed to make a difference. Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) is the unorthodox and quirky 'doctor' who helps the rude King into speaking.
The most common criticism for The King's Speech is it predictability. In a sense its true, like all based on true story films, you either do it perfectly accurate and risk predictability claims, or you go in another direction and are hounded for not following the story correctly. Therefore, getting into a true story will always have its let down. Surprisingly though, The King's Speech maybe predictable, and we may all know what happens in the end, but it's a fun ride getting there nonetheless. Perhaps we just need to accept the predictable aspects for a quality movie, which tells the story correctly.

The acting is superb. Colin Firth takes on one of the many fears of acting, stuttering is one of them. Although at one stage he looks like Al Gore choking on marbles, he takes on the role perfectly. The stuttering is not over-done, but done enough to see a clear problem. His character is not exactly a likable one, but we must remember he comes from royalty. He most definitely deserved his Oscar. Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor, playing an Australian character. He always brings such enthusiasm to his roles, and you can see how much fun he has in his role as an unconventional speech therapist. He really is a quality actor that gives his best for every movie he stars. Helena Carter finally casts away the shackles of Tim Burton, which is a nice change. She is one of the best female actors around, although it was hard to take her seriously as the Queen at times, after watching Fight Club. Guy Pearce would seem like the last candidate for this type of movie, but in his small appearances, he is fantastic.

So worthy of best picture and best director? No, The King's Speech is a charming and quality movie based on a true story. The Social Network is a near-masterpiece (or perhaps masterpiece in the years to come) which shows more creativity and risk in itself. The direction of Tom Hooper was 'clean' and very decent with no problems, but not daring. Hooper gives us a nice picture to watch, but nothing special. Fincher gives s absolute beauty in some of the most daring ways without creating its own 'style'. The problem with The King's Speech as although it's a very well-made movie, it's a very grounded movie, which is not as memorable as you would expect an Oscar winning film.

Overall, tastefully done movie, which has top notch acting all round which is enjoyable despite predictability, although that comes with every 'based on a true story' film. Although it is not bold or daring enough to deserve Best Picture and Best Director. Perhaps the main problem is I cannot imagine myself watching this again.

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May 02, 2011
I liked this film quite a bit but I see your points. Great review!!
May 03, 2011
oh yes i enjoyed it too, your system is slightly more confusing then the one im a custom too, but 8/10 is a great movie
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review by . January 03, 2011
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Stories about friendship and courage. They are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose stories have been told in various different ways. It is just something that people need to be told from time to time that I doubt anyone would grow tired of it. Well, director Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People’s choice award and it tells about the true story of a King George VI who overcame something very significant in the face of a …
review by . April 23, 2011
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I was not familar with the story of George VI until I saw this amazing film. Apparently George had a terrible stuttering problem until one day his wife took him to the home of a commoner in the basement floors of a building. At first George is reluctant to give the man a chance. His father and just about everyone else had sent him to "experts' with no success. One such "expert" wanted him to smoke to "sooth the lungs" and talk with marbles in his mouth. None of these things worked.    George …
review by . January 31, 2011
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There is a pivotal moment in the King's Speech that just speaks volumes about what the movie is about and what it means.  It's a scene where Bertie (also known as a King George VI)I--a man with a stammering problem--is standing there with Lionel, his speech therapist, and Lionel puts a headset on him and plays music and instructs Bertie to read a passage out of Hamlet.  While the music is playing you can't hear him, he can't even hear himself.  Lionel records it for …
review by . January 30, 2011
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It was a little slow at the beginning but the movie picks up lots of momentum towards the end. The true story of a royalty's speech impediment. Had he been just another prince, then it's no big deal. But the moment that his brother abdicated the throne and he was made king, it's a major problem!      What made this movie success is not so much the story nor is it the overcoming of a handicap. True, they are part of what make a story. However, I believe it is the acting …
review by . January 05, 2011
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Don't miss this movie just because its not gotten a wide release.  Here in Raleigh, NC, it isn't playing at any of the multi-screen multiplexes, which actually gives you a great excuse to see a movie in an old-fashioned single-screen movie house like the Rialto in Raleigh (an excellent movie-going experience in itself).      And what a movie this is.  It is certain to get nominations for best movie, actor, and supporting actor.  While I think the movie …
review by . December 15, 2010
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The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honours for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network." Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, …
review by . February 01, 2011
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**** out of ****     There are few stories without an enemy; and few films without a flaw. Yes, history has proved me somewhat wrong and there are indeed MANY great, flawless films, but seldom do they come along each weekend. So when they do come along, there is reason to celebrate. "The King's Speech" is an absolutely fantastic portrait of the Duke of York, who was King George V's son. If there is a villain in this very story, it is the flaws of the Duke/Albert. He is to become …
review by . January 01, 2011
I can enjoy fine movies with minimalist acting. Where the actors spend a lot of time saying nothing, but looking very serious, or hurt, or angry or whatever. The kind of the thing that lots of young American actors like to do these days. Where emotions are bottled up. This can be very effective.     But sometimes, you just want to have a good, old-fashioned wallow in the kind of meaty, no-holds barred acting that, frankly, the British do best. And the best, most satisfying example …
review by . January 22, 2011
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review by . December 17, 2010
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“The King’s Speech” is the one of the few films I know of to humanize the embarrassment of stuttering. It tells the story of Prince Albert, Duke of York, who, following the death of his father and the resignation of his older brother, became King George VI and had the unenviable task of leading England and its many colonies into World War II; although he had a voice and had plenty to say, his debilitating stammer made it virtually impossible to actually say it. Imagine what that …
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The King's Speech is a British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper from a script by David Seidler. The movie won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.

The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped George VI overcome a stammer. Filming commenced in the United Kingdom in November 2009. The film is set for a limited release in the United States on 26 November 2010

The British monarchy tale "The King's Speech" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honours for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and the Facebook chronicle "The Social Network."
Nominees in the Globes' other best-picture category, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy "Alice in Wonderland," the song-and-dance extravaganza "Burlesque," the lesbian-family tale "The Kids Are All Right," the action tale "Red" and the romantic thriller "The Tourist."
"The Social Network" and "The Fighter" tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for ...

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Director: Tom Hooper
Genre: Drama, History
Release Date: 24 December 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David Seidler
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
Runtime: 118 min
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
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